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New UK study suggests minimal relationship between cannabis and schizophrenia or psychosis
Last year the UK government reclassified cannabis from a class C to a class B drug, partly out of concerns that cannabis, especially the more potent varieties, may increase the risk of schizophrenia in young people. But the evidence for the relationship between cannabis and schizophrenia or psychosis remains controversial. A new study has determined that it may be necessary to stop thousands of cannabis users in order to prevent a single case of schizophrenia. (2009-10-22)

Study finds strong link between epilepsy and risk of schizophrenia
People with a history of epilepsy are at increased risk of developing schizophrenia and schizophrenia-like psychosis, concludes a study published online by the BMJ today. (2005-06-16)

Living with schizophrenia
Dr. Sam Keith will be available to the broadcast media on Wednesday, April 23 from 6:00AM to 9:45AM (Eastern Time) for satellite interviews on a virtual reality technology. Dr. Keith will introduce your viewers to virtual reality technology that can show viewers what life is like through the eyes of a person with schizophrenia. . .literally. This breakthrough technology simulates hallucinations and offers insights into obstacles patients face that make successful treatment difficult. (2003-04-21)

Research proves no 2 of us are alike, even identical twins
Just like snowflakes, no two people are alike, even if they're identical twins according to new genetic research from the University of Western Ontario. Molecular geneticist Shiva Singh has been working with psychiatrist Dr. Richard O'Reilly to determine the genetic sequencing of schizophrenia using identical or monozygotic twins. The study is published in this month's PLoS ONE. (2011-03-28)

Schizophrenia risk higher in children of older fathers
Children of older fathers are more likely to develop schizophrenia in later life, concludes new research published on (2004-10-21)

Key findings -- Discovery of the characteristics of subcortical regions in schizophrenia
A Japanese research group found that patients with schizophrenia demonstrated a specific leftward volumetric asymmetry for the globus pallidus, one of the basal ganglia of the brain. The basal ganglia are involved in motivation and volition, the impairment of which may result in difficulties in social life. This finding is expected to help elucidate the underlying pathological mechanisms of schizophrenia. Moreover, it will be a step toward the development of therapeutic strategies for schizophrenia. (2016-03-17)

Experts find epigenetic changes moderate reality distortion in schizophrenia patients
A study in Schizophrenia Bulletin is among the first to indicate epigenetic changes related to immune function in schizophrenia. (2013-06-10)

Finger lengths may indicate risk of schizophrenia in males
Research suggests that the ratio of the lengths of the index finger and the ring finger in males may be predictive of a variety of disorders related to disturbed hormonal balance. When the index finger is shorter than the ring finger, this results in a small 2D:4D ratio, pointing to a high exposure to testosterone in the uterus. (2015-03-16)

Differences in brain function make it hard for people with schizophrenia to interpret other people's feelings
A new brain imaging study from the Institute of Psychiatry shows for the first time that brain abnormalities and social difficulties in schizophrenia are related. This exciting new study shows that differences in brain function in people with schizophrenia make it difficult for them to gauge what other people are feeling. The findings, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry in December, provide crucial information that may help people with schizophrenia to live normal lives. (2000-11-30)

Changes in brain density can help predict schizophrenia
Changes in brain density could be used to predict whether an individual who is at risk for schizophrenia is likely to develop the condition or not. A study published today in the open access journal BMC Medicine reveals that monitoring changes in grey matter density over time using brain scans could help early detection of individuals who are likely to develop schizophrenia, when used in combination with other prediction methods. (2006-12-06)

People with schizophrenia experience emotion differently from others, 'body maps' show
Vanderbilt University researchers are working to understand how people with schizophrenia experience emotion through their bodies. (2018-12-21)

Researchers discover diagnostic marker for schizophrenia
Johns Hopkins researchers have identified a chemical marker in cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) that may help doctors treat and diagnose individuals with schizophrenia. (1999-11-18)

Grant will help patients with schizophrenia who smoke
A £200,000 grant has been awarded to researchers at Queen's to help establish why people with schizophrenia are three times more likely to smoke than the general population. (2008-07-22)

Genetics of schizophrenia in South African Xhosa informs understanding for all human populations
In the first genetic analysis of schizophrenia in an ancestral African population, the South African Xhosa, researchers report that individuals with schizophrenia are more likely to carry rare damaging genetic mutations than those who are well. (2020-01-30)

Scientists find stronger evidence for link between cat faeces and schizophrenia
Researchers have found stronger evidence for a link between a parasite in cat faeces and undercooked meat and an increased risk of schizophrenia. (2006-01-18)

New way to help schizophrenia sufferers' social skills
Researchers from the University of Newcastle are investigating a new way to help schizophrenia patients develop their communication and social skills. (2008-09-09)

Schizophrenia: Regular exercise guidelines still apply
Regular exercise can play an important a role in improving the physical and mental wellbeing of individuals with schizophrenia, according to a review published in the Cochrane Library. Following a systematic review of the most up-to-date research on exercise in schizophrenia, researchers concluded that the current guidelines for exercise should be followed by people with schizophrenia just as they should by the general population. (2010-05-11)

Current directions in schizophrenia research
Significant advances have been made on several fronts in fathoming and combating schizophrenia -- from genetics to neuroscience to the psychosocial aspects of the disorder. The August issue of the journal Current Directions in Psychological Science, published by the Association for Psychological Science, is a state-of-the-art summary of the latest research on every facet of schizophrenia. (2010-08-13)

No genetic link between smaller subcortical brain volumes and risk for schizophrenia
There is no evidence of genetic overlap between risk for schizophrenia and brain volume measures, according to researchers in a global study that examined the genes that drive the development of schizophrenia. (2016-02-08)

Coeliac disease may predict schizophrenia
A history of coeliac disease (gluten intolerance) is a risk factor for developing schizophrenia, finds a study in this week's BMJ. (2004-02-19)

Problems In Pregnancy Linked To Schizophrenia In Young Men
Problems during pregnancy and the birth process are risk factors for the development of schizophrenia in young men, says a study in this week's BMJ by Christina Hultman from the University of Uppsala, Sweden, and colleagues from Europe and Japan. (1999-02-12)

FDA approves new approach to schizophrenia treatment
More than two million Americans suffer from schizophrenia, a brain disorder that impairs the ability to think clearly, relate to others and distinguish between reality and imagination. Missing daily medications is one of the most common problems in schizophrenia treatment and can often interfere with recovery. (2003-10-30)

Research builds on genetic link to autism and schizophrenia
A genetic link between schizophrenia and autism is enabling researchers to study the effectiveness of drugs used to treat both illnesses. (2010-02-24)

Schizophrenia drugs increase risk of cardiac arrest
Patients with schizophrenia who take antipsychotic drugs are more likely to have a cardiac arrest than non-schizophrenic patients, finds a study in this week's BMJ. (2002-11-07)

Blood test for schizophrenia could be ready this year
A blood test for diagnosing schizophrenia -- the most serious form of mental illness -- could be available this year, according to an article in the current issue of Chemical & Engineering News, ACS' weekly news magazine. The disorder, with symptoms that can include hallucinations and delusional thoughts, affects more than 2 million people in the United States and millions more worldwide. (2010-01-20)

People in low social classes delay seeking treatment for schizophrenia
People born into low social classes are not at increased risk of developing schizophrenia, but they appear to seek treatment at a later age than those in higher social classes, concludes a study in this week's BMJ. (2001-12-13)

Structural brain connectivity as a genetic marker for schizophrenia
Schizophrenia has been considered an illness of disrupted brain connectivity since its earliest descriptions. Several studies have suggested brain white matter is affected not only in patients with schizophrenia but also in individuals at increased risk for the disease. (2015-11-25)

Recognizing the uniqueness of different individuals with schizophrenia
Individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia differ greatly from one another. Researchers from Radboud university medical center, along with colleagues from England and Norway, have demonstrated that very few identical brain differences are shared amongst different patients. Therefore, insights based on research at the group level (i.e. in the 'average' patient) say little about the individual. The researchers report these findings in an article in JAMA Psychiatry published on October 10th. (2018-10-10)

Gene linked to schizophrenia may reduce cancer risk
A specific form of a gene that puts people on the road to schizophrenia may protect against some forms of cancer. (2010-01-19)

Study reveals new genetic risk factor for both autism and schizophrenia
Researchers have uncovered a prominent genetic risk factor for autism spectrum disorders and schizophrenia. The study, published by Cell Press on Nov. 4 in the American Journal of Human Genetics, reports a small genomic deletion in patients with these neurological conditions. The region includes a gene in which mutations cause a kidney disease (renal cysts and diabetes syndrome, RCAD). (2010-11-04)

Air pollution in childhood linked to schizophrenia
Children who grow up in areas with heavy air pollution have a higher risk of developing schizophrenia. This is the conclusion of a new study from the Danish psychiatry project, iPSYCH. (2020-01-07)

Study compares traits of autism, schizophrenia
A UT Dallas professor is studying the differences between the social impairments found in autism and schizophrenia to help develop better treatments for people with both disorders. Autism spectrum disorder and schizophrenia are distinct disorders with unique characteristics, but they share similarities in social dysfunction. (2012-02-28)

Cannabis increases risk of depression and schizophrenia
Frequent cannabis use increases the risk of developing depression and schizophrenia in later life, according to three studies in this week's BMJ. (2002-11-21)

A new genetic marker for schizophrenia
Japanese scientists find a rare genetic variant that shows strong association with schizophrenia. (2017-09-11)

Increased risk of Parkinson's disease in patients with schizophrenia
A new study conducted at the University of Turku, Finland, shows that patients with a schizophrenia spectrum disorder have an increased risk of Parkinson's disease later in life. The increased risk may be due to alterations in the brain's dopamine system caused by dopamine receptor antagonists or neurobiological effects of schizophrenia. (2021-01-15)

New research linking schizophrenia and Alzheimer's disease wins research grant from U.S. based Stanley Foundation
Research from the Institute of Psychiatry, London, that offers a radical new approach to treating schizophrenia has received a substantial grant from the Stanley Foundation, a mental health charity based in the United States. The new study involves giving an Alzheimer's drug to people with schizophrenia who are suffering from diminished memory and planning skills. (2001-03-12)

Neural development protein disproved as marker for schizophrenia
The protein Oct-6 is not a biological marker for schizophrenia. The results of a study published today in the open access journal BMC Psychiatry contradict previous findings and show that Oct-6, a protein involved in neurodevelopment, is normally expressed in the adult brain and cannot be used to identify patients with schizophrenia. (2005-10-23)

Study finds gene related to brain development and function plays causal role in schizophrenia
According to a new study conducted by researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, variations of a gene related to brain development and function -- OLIG2 -- may play a causal role in the development of schizophrenia, a hereditary psychiatric disorder with no known biological cause. The study is published in the August 15 printed issue of Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences. (2006-08-15)

Substance abuse factor in higher risk of violent crime by persons with schizophrenia
The increased risk of persons with schizophrenia committing violent crime may be largely mediated by co-existing substance abuse problems, according to a study in the May 20 issue of JAMA. (2009-05-19)

Pitt research identifies new target in brain for treating schizophrenia
Research from the University of Pittsburgh could expand the options for controlling schizophrenia by identifying a brain region that responds to more than one type of antipsychotic drug. The findings illustrate for the first time that the orbitofrontal cortex could be a promising target for developing future antipsychotic drugs -- even those that have very different mechanisms of action. (2008-11-05)

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